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December 12, 2019

Market festival assists women with HIV, low-income youth

Customers show their interest in handicrafts made by Action for Public that displayed at last year’s art expo in Yangon.—Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin
Customers show their interest in handicrafts made by Action for Public that displayed at last year’s art expo in Yangon.—Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin

Yangon, 15 April — A non-profit organization helping women living with HIV and disadvantaged youth will hold a fundraising market festival on 9-10 May at Marketplace by City Mart, a premium supermarket in Bahan Township, the NPO’s director said.
Twenty kinds of handicraft including plush toys, ornaments and wallets made by women with HIV will be displayed for sale at the two-day event, Action for Public director Daw Kyi Pyar Chit Saw told The Global New Light of Myanmar on Monday.
“At the event, those handmade materials will be sold at fair prices and two-thirds of the products are expected to be sold,” she said.
“Most of them are traditional handmade dolls which can draw the attention of people.”
She said Action for Public will spend the proceeds from the festival on improving the circumstances of women and young people, with plans to send its members to attend a pattern drafting and design course in Yangon after Myanmar’s New Year Water Festival.
Established in 2008, the organization aims to promote the lives of women with HIV as well as youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. For some women with HIV, the organization provides micro-financing programs to set up small businesses. It also empowers women through training and helps provide jobs in which they can use their newly acquired skills.
The NPO is currently helping set up sewing and other small-scale businesses for people receiving its assistance.—GNLM

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